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Stephanie Dyer Kelly Dunlap
MiBLSi Intervention Specialist - START Project

Afternoon Session ~

"CET / Eligibility Determination for ASD"

A comprehensive evaluation process is critical in making informed decisions and recommendations for school eligibility for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and needed special education services. Recent changes to insurance benefits for children with ASD may also necessitate a child receive a medical evaluation to access insurance-covered services.

This session will cover the components of the START CET (Centralized Evaluation Team) process as well as introduce a coordinated approach that includes collaboration on behalf of the evaluators to eliminate redundancy and expedite the process.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a high quality evaluation
  • Understand how to do a Gap Analysis of evaluation information to determine additional needed information
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of a collaborative evaluation process
  • Gain information about OSE-EIS eligibility criteria and process for determining educational eligibility.
  • Understand a structure for gathering observation information in multiple settings that relates to ASD characteristics.
  • Understand effective multi-disciplinary team processes for determining educational eligibility.
  • Learn the components of an effective educational eligibility report for students with ASD.

About the Presenters ~

Stephanie Dyer
Stephanie is a school psychologist who works as a Content Specialist for the MiBLSi (Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative) grant project. Prior to joining MiBLSi, Stephanie worked as an autism coordinator and has previous experience as a special education supervisor and behavior consultant. Stephanie has extensive experience conducting team-based evaluations for ASD eligibility at both the early childhood and K-12 levels and has trained several ISDs in this team-based process.

Kelly Dunlap
Kelly is a school psychologist and behavior specialist for the START project. Among other responsibilities, she has extensive experience and expertise on topics related to evaluation for special education eligibility, positive behavioral interventions and supports, IEP development and implementation, and guiding principles for establishing effective programs for students on the autism spectrum.